Interview with Fantasy Author Cat Gerlach

by Vanna on March 20, 2012

Today I have a special treat for you all: an interview with fellow fantasy writer Cat Gerlach. She is also a participant in the Magical Appreciation Tour and has been kind enough to answer a few questions about her work and experiences as an indie writer.

Interview with Cat Gerlach, author of The Witches of Greenwich

The Witches of Greenwitch by Cat Gerlach

The Witches of Greenwitch by Cat Gerlach


Hi Cat, and welcome to my blog.

Hello, Vanna. Thank you for having me.

Tell me, Cat, did you always know you wanted to be a fantasy author?

No, but I did know I enjoyed telling stories. When I was a kid (7) I
wanted to become a forester or a midwife. I stuck with that and finished
my forester-education with the highest degree I could get. Unfortunately,
I didn’t find employment. Since I had been writing on and off for years, I
decided to put more effort into it. I joined a writing course, learned
whatever there was to learn, and set out to conquer the world, I
mean to write the best books ever.

Who are your main writing influences?

1. Astrid Lindgren because she never kept her mouth shut. When she thought
someone was doing something nasty, she spoke and wrote about it. She dared
to write stories with themes many adults thought too mature for their
kids, and she influenced millions.

2. Edith Nesbit who was the first true children’s writer. She wrote books
that were not educational (like was custom at that time) but entertaining,
and her imagination is still appreciated by today’s kids.

3. Diana Wynne Jones for her imagination. No one wrote novels quite as
imaginative as she did.

If I manage to touch all three points in my own writing, I’ll consider
myself a successful author (regardless of sales-figures)

I haven’t had the pleasure of reading The Witches of Greenwitch. Tell me more about it.

It’s free (*grin*)

Seriously, the book tells the story of book-rat Melissa. A mysterious
stone magics her to the world of Greenwitch where she meets fairy tale
creatures that are not at all what she expected. Desperately, she looks
for a way home and tries to ignore her past which pops up at the most
inappropriate moments. At the same time, dangerous pursuers are at her
heels getting closer by the minute.

Where can readers find your book? Is it available on Amazon?

You can read it online or join my mailing list too keep up with my releases and
get the eBook (plus two additional short stories)

I also wrote a Young Adult Historical Fantasy called “Urchin King”. You
can get it from amazon, smashwords or any other retailer for less than 3USD.

What are your top three ways of promoting your book? What type of success
have you had with each?

Since I’m just starting out, I can’t (yet) tell you in a qualified way,
but I’ve heard that the most important thing is to keep writing. Most
experts agree that you need at least 4 books “out there” before you start
making an impact. That’s why I’m currently translating roughly 300.000
words of backlist stories from my native tongue German into English. Also,
I twitter (@CatGerlach) and seem to get along with my tweeps just fine and
I blog. Blogging is harder to do. People seem genuinely interested, but
they don’t comment as much as I’d like. For now, that’s all I can do since
I only got 1/2 day for writing and promoting. The rest of the time is
(well) spent with my family.

What advice would you like to offer beginning indie writers?

Keep writing, improve, and never publish an unpolished and un-proofread
manuscript. If you can afford it, get a professional (maybe a retired
teacher) to correct your spelling and grammar, but never ever allow anyone
to chance the heart of your story.

Thanks for stopping by, Cat.

It was my pleasure, Vanna.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Daniel R. Marvello March 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Thanks for sharing your experiences, Cat.

I have read Witches of Greenwitch, and I enjoyed it. Your portrayals of Leander the spider and Reginald the unicorn were wonderful. It could use a bit more editing (I now know the German word for “Table of Contents” is “Ihhaltsverzeichnis”), but it was an original and cute story. Knowing the book was translated from German made me prepared for a little “bumpy language” as you put it in your afterword. I’m looking forward to reading Urchin King soon, but I have to finish Vanna’s book first. 😉

I also enjoyed both of the short stories that come with the sampler. Will Hahn has a writing style that I found instantly appealing and engaging. I look forward to reading more from Will and Debbie Mumford. My TBR list is getting long!


Vanna March 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm

“I’m looking forward to reading Urchin King soon, but I have to finish Vanna’s book first. ;-)” I like the sound of that 😉 Thanks for stooping by, Daniel.


Katharina Gerlach March 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Thanks for the praise. I know I will have to smooth out Witches of Greenwitch eventually. But first, I’ll go on a well earned vacation in Scotland. 😀
During that time, I’ll read all the novels I bought (many form this campaign). I’m really delighted to meet so many new and talented authors here. (P.S. I’ll be a lifetime fan of Will’s stories as well. He’s currently re-writing his epic fantasy monster which will be more than 1000 pages, but by what I read so far (I’m beta reader), it will be stunning)


Will Hahn March 24, 2012 at 11:45 am

You go Cat! I loved Urchin King and must get to Witches of Greenwich soon (got to finish re-reading my Robin Hood first!). Vanna, congratulations on your success, I like you both as interviewer and interviewee.

Dan, very kind of you- The King’s Ferry is actually part of a novel I have only drafted portions of to date, and if it ever publishes I will be a happy man.


Vanna March 25, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Thanks, Will! Glad you enjoyed my interviews 😉


Harrison Davies March 27, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I must say I’m really enjoying ready all those wonderful interviews, and I’m looking forward to reviewing my first novel.

It is a great insight into the mind of the author, which is a beautiful if not hectic or crazy thing at times.

Thanks for participating and showing us how you create, and I don’t envy the translation work.



Vanna March 27, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Glad to hear it!


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